Mr. Tom’s sermon Sunday was “Walking Gracefully.” Since we are all God’s people, let’s walk like it. Have you ever tripped over your own feet in public? Did you get up and keep going, or lay there? Think about walking over a trail, through a creek, up and down hills. Hope you pay attention, do not slip on the rocks or trip over something laying on the trail. We have to pay attention not only to the trail, but also our walk with God because we are God’s children. In Romans 12:1, Paul said, “So then, my brothers, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” It is not easy for us to give up things we love.

Mr. Tom talked about two walks: one, to the alter and two, to walk in a parade. This year the senior class of ECHS had a parade. They rode in vehicles up and down Main Street and around the Town Square. Mr. Tom did say he was disappointed-they didn’t throw out candy, haha. As he was talking about parades, it brought back all kinds of memories of being in marching band in high school-we will just say more than 50 years ago. We marched a lot. Not only at football games-10 steps to 5 yards, but also Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University homecoming parades. Lots of marching in those uniforms-jackets, long pants, neck ties and hats! God it our Grand Marshal and we need to remember this always.

We are a part of God’s “special possessions.” We are a part of God’s “private collection.” Think of museums, paintings, things of great value. In Psalm 28:6, it says, “give praise to the Lord; He has heard my cry for help.” God gives us mercy because we have all done dumb things. God directs our steps but we have to ask.

Back to marching in a parade-was your favorite place to be, behind the horses? No! Not only do you have to play your instrument and keep your line straight, but now you have to watch where you step. We need to walk to the alter to get God’s guidance.

All summer camps at Oil Belt have been cancelled this summer. VBS, Big Fish Bay for 2020 have been cancelled. This will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021. If there is enough interest, an online/homebased VBS program might be pursued.

Oil Belt is coming to Little Prairie on June 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to sell merchandise. There will be tee-shirts, hats, sunglasses, stuffed animals and more. Come and see. This is open to anyone in the community/county/wherever you are reading this news from. From the schedule, Little Prairie will be the closest church on the list.

Continued prayers for the sick and those who have lost loved ones. Pray also for the leaders of our churches that decisions will be made on what plans will be made in the near future.